I hear tell that “living history” is a much-diminished endeavor these days. That may be true in comparison with the days when Rendezvous was all the rage or when Civil War reenactment was at its height. But there’s some really fine work being done by individuals out there on the frontiers of the interwebs. None better than The Deerskin Diary.
The proprietor of this Youtube Channel is working hard to step into the moccasins of an 18th Century scout/spy. He notes that his modern-day career involves tracking skills, which allows him to work the thread of Continuity & Persistence backward. That’s pretty cool. He’s launched a new series on tracking that is well worth our time. I led it off here with his examination of the kit of a scout/spy. His kit and his actions are not speculative; this feller has done a deep dive into the primary sources to securely anchor his work in what is known of the period. Really excellent stuff.
Craig Rullman scouted up this podcast episode with one of the true elite of modern Frontier Partisan warriors, a man in the class of Simon Kenton and Samuel Brady, Jack Hays and Ben McCulloch, PJ Pretorius and Paddy Mayne.
Tribal whale hunting as a cultural tradition is controversial.
The decision on a proposed Makah whale hunt is getting closer. The federal government has issued its final environmental impact statement. It recommends a ceremonial hunt of up to two or three gray whales per year. But the final decision can’t come for at least another 30 days.
The Makah tribe originally made this request in 2005. The tribe is located in the northwesternmost corner of Washington State, on the Olympic Peninsula.
“That’s a very long time ago, to be going through administrative process to exercise a reserve treaty right. It’s very long time to wait,” said Makah chairman TJ Greene.
He was a volunteer on the police force after the tribe killed one whale in 1999, then faced so much scrutiny and lawsuits that they had to stop.
Two years ago, an administrative law judge recommended approval for a traditional subsistence hunt, following a five-day hearing in Seattle. Chairman Greene says the tribe will only do what they feel is best for the species.
“In fact, our treaty is the only thing that can really help these whales in the future in our perspective, you know, because there’s a legal obligation of the federal government to honor those reserved rights, and to make sure that those stocks are healthy,” said Makah chairman TJ Greene.